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Oumar 9-1-1 - DVD ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB525715
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Nicole Lamothe
Directors:  Stéphane Drolet
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal), Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Arts, Black History, Canadian Social Issues, Civics, Diversity, Documentary, Global Studies, Religious Studies, Social Issues, Social Studies
Language:  French
Grade Level:  Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1998
Running Time:  53:01
Closed Captions:  Yes

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In this Montreal neighbourhood, everyone calls on Oumar when they need a hand. Now a Canadian citizen, Oumar is from Burkina Faso, and he finds helping others only natural. Working as a mechanic, Oumar has become a vital, central part of his community. People tend to gather round as he works, and talk often turns to weighty issues: feminism, polygamy, politics, religion. In eight months’ time, he is due to return for a visit with his family after six years away, so he is searching for hundreds of presents to take with him. Back home, when you leave the nest, it’s to look for wealth. Otherwise, failure awaits. This is Oumar’s lot as the custodian of dreams that he has become.

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